Button Front Skirt: Burdastyle 9-2009 #125

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About 20+ years ago I had a thrifted a-line skirt made from denim with buttons up the front. I’m not sure whatever happened to that skirt. But, I have noticed these skirts are all the rage lately and it seemed like a perfect summer skirt.  Enter BurdaStyle 9-2009 #125

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A really lovely basic skirt. It’s made up a few ways in the magazine including leather with the front closures or with a side zip in three different lengths.

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For my first version (because of course I made two) I used some leftover orange and cream stretch twill from the creamscicle dress I made six years ago.

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I sewed a 40 at the waist grading out to a 46 at the lower thigh. I also made swayback adjustment but totally forgot to add the inch I took out from the waist back to the skirt hem. So, it rides up a little in the back :-/ Also, my fabric is stretch so it flares a bit more than the pattern draft calls for.

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When sewing a skirt without a waistband, it’s inherently going to stretch as it’s all bias. So, you’ll want to use twill tape in the waist seam allowances or be sure to double stitch the waistline. Since I was making mine from denim and not leather, I also interfaced the front fold extension.

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The insides are all serged. It would be very pretty if I’d bound the insides (or useful if I’d taken a photo of the insides…)  But, I didn’t. I paired this skirt with my summer sweater made from orange cotton. It’s slouchy and comfy with this more casual skirt.

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Blue Denim:

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I wanted a skirt reminiscent of a traditional denim skirt and mimicked my high school skirt.  And, I wanted it to be casual enough to wear with some of the graphic tees I have but never wear (because I don’t have anything to wear them with).  My only additional alteration with this version was to add an extra inch in length to the skirt overall, but of course not to the center back to make up for my swayback adjustment. Sigh.

Jordan thinks these skirts are shorter than I normally wear. He claims I like to cover my knees. But, I wanted something short for summer that subbed in for actual shorts 🙂

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For this version, I used really cute donut jeans buttons. I used dark grey topstitching thread and it pulls the nickel of the buttons in nicely. All but two of these buttons popped off while wearing or putting on the first few times.

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Overall, a nice little summer skirt pattern. And, for once I am on trend!  Plus, you know I love anything even vaguely nautical 🙂

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This is an embarrassingly bad salute. I am clearly out of practice.




    • It took months for summer to get to Baltimore. Then, it hit us with a hammer!

      On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  1. You look super cute! That denim skirt is especially adorable! And, I’m with the girl on your T-shirt: I love your hair, too!

    • It is allegedly Barbie on the tee shirt. But, I never had a black Barbie with short hair!

      On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  2. Really cute, and a particularly like the denim one. I’m going to have to go through my old Burdastyle Magazines.

    I used to have a skirt in this style too. I remember that I sewed the middle section of the placket closed because the buttons would pop open.

    • It was the jeans tacks that were too short. After they kept popping out, I used longer tack from another button kit and they were fine. But, it was touch and go wearing it for a while!

      On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 12:40 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  3. You’re so damn cute Renee! The skirts are fabulous and look great on you! Why would you want to cover your knees? J is projecting. 😉

    • I don’t know what got into me, lol! I guess the first time I’ve taken my own photos in probably a year!

      On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 1:16 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  4. Yes, your knees and legs are gorgeous!! Lucky you, you are so damn stylin’ in these skirts. Wow, I remember this style of skirt from way back in high school. Gorgeous skirts and gorgeous you! Thanks for another wonderful review.

    • It’s so odd to see things come back in style. I remember asking Jordan last year if he thought denim skirts were tacky. And, now here they are fully back!

      On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 1:23 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


  5. I had a denim skirt just like this, but at the time I doubt I was on trend. On trend is usually not my style! These are so cute on you, and I bet they will be very cool for summer. I know you have a happy, busy life now with less down time, but I really miss your posts!

    • Can you believe things are coming back again? At first I thought I was too old to wear it the second time around. But, decided I didn’t care 🙂

      On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 2:01 PM, Miss Celie's Pants wrote:


      • You are definitely not too old! I am much older than you, but I would wear this again.

  6. These skirts are just perfect! Especially love your orange-on-orange outfit. So fun and summery (although I could see them easily transitioning to fall.)

  7. Lovely skirts, perfect for the warm weather, especially love the denim list, it’s now on my want list

  8. I love these skirts and your pullover is a great match! I wished we had enough sunshine to wear skirts but it’s so rainy here

  9. yay for knees! I love both skirts and think that the buttons on the denim one are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the popping story, and it’s also helpful to hear about your process, with corrections made or forgotten.

  10. They both look great on you!! I like skirts although it has been many years since I’ve worn one. There is no age limit on showing your knees.

  11. I love both of these! I especially have a soft spot for the orange one, but the denim is super classic. Also,you have lovely knees!! Show em off!

  12. cute summer skirts – I would wear that denim one to shreds.

  13. Cute! Those *almost* make me want to wear some cute skirts, and then I look down at my fat thighs and am like “oh yeah, that’s not gonna happen.” Also, your hair is fantastic–I’ve been loving these twisty things you’ve been doing with it lately! 🙂

  14. Looks like the perfect little summer skirt. Should look great with tights later on (but who wants to think of the cold at this time?).

  15. These look so great on you and are such a cute shape. They are a little shorter than what you usually wear, but my first thought when I saw the pics was that you have killer legs! The length suits you perfectly.

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